Ward and I recently added a new routine to our nights.
Actually, I started it. One night I was looking at all our candles sitting in their holders in our living room, and I thought, It would be so lovely to light them and sit here just absorbing the peace and beauty of it all.
So I did just that. And it was lovely and peaceful.
The next night, I poured myself a glass of wine. And then, because I just couldn’t resist, I put my iPod in its dock and started listening to an audiobook.
A few nights later, (possibly) intrigued by the tranquil picture I presented, Ward asked if he could join me.
And our new nightly routine was born.
Our kids don’t really understand it. My older son said, “Your new nightly ritual is kind of strange. I mean, you guys just sit there in the dark and listen to the radio?”
Well, sort of. Except that it’s not dark. It’s candlelit. And it’s not the radio, it’s an audiobook.
It works for us. We’ve had some really lovely nights so far.
Right now, we’re in the middle of Hell Hole, the 4th installment of the Ceepak series by Chris Grabenstein, and read by the extremely talented Jeff Woodman.
Probably the most difficult part is finding something that we both like. Ward’s not really into urban fantasy or science fiction. I like thrillers but don’t tend to enjoy listening to them (I need the option to speed-flip through tense and/or graphic passages).
So far, in addition to Hell Hole, we’ve listened to Robert B. Parker’s Now and Then (Parker’s minimalist “he said/she said” dialogue doesn’t translate so well into audio, but once you get used to it, Spencer is as enjoyable in audio as he is in print) and the BBC radio dramatization of Mrs. Mcginty’s Dead (which might have been why my son thought we were listening to the radio).
And after we finish Hell Hole (two more hours to go, so we’ll probably finish up tonight), we’ll start the fifth John Ceepak mystery, Mind Scrambler. There’s a while to go before we’ll be able to get the audio version of Rolling Thunder, the sixth in the series; the hardcover version is due out in May.
So I think I’ll be introducing Ward to Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin soon …
This is all really thrilling for me, since I don’t have a spouse who reads. But it turns out we can share a good book through the magic of audiobooks!